The Recasting Couch Ep. 50: The Sixth Sense


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*Please note that we spoil pretty much every M. Night Shyamalan film* Oh, boy. We’ve got a deep, dark brooding movie this week in The Sixth Sense. This was M. Night Shyamalan’s first feature film, and damn did he hit a home run on the first pitch. Haley Joel Osment absolutely carries this movie, and for as good of a job as Night does, if they couldn’t find a child as good as him, then this movie would have been doomed from the start. Outside of Toni Collette, he acts everyone else off the screen, and it earned him an academy award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 50: The Sixth Sense”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 37: The Italian Job

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The Italian Job is the 2003 action/heist movie we are recasting this week. This fairly successful film co-stars an uninspired Mark Wahlberg and an incredibly flat Charlize Theron. Luckily, there are some really fun performances by the auxiliary roles played by Seth Green, Jason Statham, Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def), and an always welcome, somewhat whimsical Donald Sutherland.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 36: National Treasure

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National Treasure is a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon popcorn movie. Which is exactly what we were doing when we decided on what movie to watch for this week’s episode. It stars Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, and the rare Sean Bean appearance where his character actually lives until the end. We also get “keep gettin’ them checks” performances by Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 36: National Treasure”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 34: Lethal Weapon

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Lethal Weapon, the 1987 action movie is what we are talking about this week. Starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (NOT Rene Russo and Joe Pesci, they came later), this movie touches on some really tough topics and does so in a (somewhat) realistic way. Mel plays a Vietnam veteran Martin Riggs who, in addition to dealing with the horrors of war, is on the edge of sanity after losing his wife tragically in a car accident. Roger Murtaugh is the grumpy older detective who is a family man on the edge of pension when he draws the reckless (and quite frankly dangerous) Riggs as a partner on a case that runs that gamut of sex, drugs, and murder. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 34: Lethal Weapon”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 32: Batman Forever

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Oh boy. Batman Forever.

In retrospect, that’s a kinda hilarious name, seeing as they immediately replaced every single role for the sequel except Alfred (natch…) and Robin (Mike’s favorite 90’s heartthrob, Chris O’Donnell), and was almost instantly forgotten within the cultural zeitgeist. If it weren’t for it’s fantastic soundtrack, it may be on the same level as Batman and Robin, instead of accepted as slightly better. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 32: Batman Forever”

Two Man Round Table Part 3: Unoriginal Hollywood

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On the third installment of the Two Man Roundtable, we talk about the unoriginality of Hollywood  that is slowly eroding the film industry. We cover the history of remakes, some of the most egregious examples of remake culture gone bad, and catalogue all of the remakes and sequels that will be hitting theaters in the near future. For example, Tim Burton is going to be directing a live action Dumbo movie. Johnny Depp will be following in Eddie Murphy’s footsteps and will be playing every single character himself, except for Helena Bonham Carter who is going to be playing Timothy Q. Mouse. Ok, I made up that second part, but Burton really is directing a live action Dumbo movie. Continue reading “Two Man Round Table Part 3: Unoriginal Hollywood”

Two Man Round Table Part 2: Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

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Today is part 2 of the Two Man Roundtable, a series of discussions about topics within the movie industry that we wanted to explore at greater length than we would be able to on a normal show. In today’s episode we tackle the sexual harassment epidemic in Hollywood. We try to cover as much ground as possible, from its historical place in the underbelly of the industry to why there is hope for the future. We also discuss the most news-worthy reports and why all of these guys are not the same monster and why it’s important to draw that significance. Continue reading “Two Man Round Table Part 2: Sexual Harassment in Hollywood”